|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Ski Shape||True Twin|
|Turning Radius||3D 18-20m|
|On Snow Feel|
Scott Punisher 95 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski
The Scott Punisher 95 is a very playful and versatile all-mountain ski. For me, it was easy to maneuver, fun and poppy when trying to get it in the air, and stable enough to handle some moderately fast long radius turns. It’s not quite what I look for in a quiver of one type of ski, but for those skiers who would rather slide, skid, jump, pop, or butter the mountain rather than charge super hard or carve deep trenches, it could certainly be a daily driver. This might be the ski for those who think the Liberty Origin 96 is a bit too much ski, or for those who think the Head Venturi 95 is too much of a carver. This ski will not be for everyone, but I still feel there will be a lot of people that like this ski a lot. For me The Punisher 95 was fun, versatile, playful, and easy to maneuver.
Scott Punisher 95 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Steeps
Ski Personality: The Scott Punsiher 95 felt like a playful, surfy, poppy, all mountain ski, that is still capable of carving longer radius turns with power and stability. I wouldn’t call this a playful charger by any means. Playful…yes. Charger…No. But I felt it could handle speed.
On the Snow Feel: I found the ski to have a semi-stable to very playful feel on snow. On edge there was a decent amount of stability, but when bases were flat, this ski felt really playful.
Powder: I haven’t had the Scott Punisher in any deep snow, but this ski has a ton of rocker in tip and tail. I have no doubt that this ski would be maneuverable and easy to turn in deeper snow. However, at 95mm underfoot, float may become an issue when the snow gets really deep. The ski doesn’t feel nearly as stiff as the Punisher 110 either, so harder snow-packs may be more noticeable.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Scott Punisher 95 has a fun and poppy flex, and I found it pretty easy to roll the ski on edge. It didn’t take a lot of effort for me to bend the ski into the turn, and on edge the ski felt moderately powerful and stable. The ski has a 3D side-cut that seems to make it easier to vary turn shape. While the sated radii is 11-12m for the 185cm, I found the ski was more fun at long radius turns. The ski wasn’t super quick from edge to edge, but I did find that I could pivot and turn the ski almost anytime I wanted to. Scott calls the ski nimble, and that’s not a bad way to describe the feel. I found that the ski had a decent amount of life, and it felt snappy and energetic. It certainly didn’t feel like a carving specialist, but it was fun and energetic. It also felt like it had enough stability and power to ski moderately long and moderately fast turns.
Speed: The Scott Punisher 95 has a fun 3D radius that makes it seem easy to lengthen the turn. On edge the ski felt stable and damp, and at moderate speeds the Punisher seemed to hold up really well. However, the ski has a pretty significant amount of tip and tail rocker, and just a touch of camber underfoot. When the bases were flat, I definitely felt like the ski was a bit loose and surfy. I also noticed a touch of tip chatter at really high speeds. Still, I actually thought the Punisher help up pretty well. Sure it’s not a big burly charger, but that’s what makes it surprising. The stability isn’t bad for a playful all-mountain freestyle type of ski.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: In shallow moderately chopped up snow, the Scott Punsher 95 felt moderately damp and stable. Skiing off piste was fun and exciting. I didn’t necessarily want to carry a ton of speed into heavily tracked snow, but I found the Punisher 95 certainly capable. The fun and snappy flex and surfy rocker profile really made it fun bouncing through variable terrain at slow to moderate speeds. The ski is quite maneuverable, so picking my way through bumps was relatively easy. Would I say the Scott Punisher is a crud buster, definitely not. But can it handle chopped up variable terrain, definitely. It just takes a bit more playful approach.
Edge Hold: I was surprised at how stable the ski felt for me when on high edge angles. I had no problem skiing fast on edge, as I felt the ski would hold on edge pretty well. I probably wouldn’t ski this on ice given the amount of rocker in tip and tail, but for moderately firm snow, I feel like it could handle decently well.
Bottom Line: I think the biggest takeaway for me was the playful and snappy feel of the Scott Punisher 95. It’s not an amazing carver, but it was capable and fun with a pretty snappy and energetic feel. It was stable enough at moderately fast and long radius turns, but I wouldn’t call it a charger. I feel like it could be a good ski for those who are playful, surfy skiers first, but do appreciate a bit of stability and dampness when they want to carve a few turns. My pick for more aggressive skiers would be the Liberty Origin 96, and for more dedicated carver I’d go Head Venturi 95. Still, for playful all-mountain skiers that want a good amount of versatility, this could be a good ski. It’s surfy, playful, and a snappy carver.
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